SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – BART has unveiled a new fare gate aimed at improving accessibility for people with disabilities, and at the same time, deter fare cheats.
On Tuesday, the transit agency showed off its first-ever elevator gate at the Montgomery Station in San Francisco. The new gate is meant to make it easier and more convenient for people who use elevators to pay for their trip with the fare gate is on the platform level, rather than the concourse level.READ MORE: UPDATE: Vacationing Bay Area Schoolmates Convicted In Slaying Of Italian Police Officer; Sentenced To Life In Prison
It is also meant to deter fare evaders who often use elevators to bypass ticket machines.
“It saves time; two, three or four minutes, especially when you’re in a hurry and you have mobility issues,” said Shamiki Rew, who uses a wheelchair.READ MORE: Drew Robinson Starts With SF Giants Triple-A Team A Year After Suicide Attempt
“This is really about making it easier for people with accessibility issues to pay the fares,” said BART spokesperson Jim Allison.
BART also announced its expanded its elevator attendant program, hiring staff to monitor the elevators at the Montgomery and Embarcadero stations.
The expansion to two additional downtown San Francisco stations follows a successful rollout of the program at Civic Center and Powell Street stations, the agency said.MORE NEWS: Asian American Attacks: San Francisco Police Identify Suspect in Market Street Stabbing of 2 Women